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Cardiff University to perform stem cell transplant for Huntington’s Disease

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Cardiff University says it is to use a stem cell transplant procedure that could benefit people affected by Huntington's Disease.

The condition is caused by a single faulty gene, which is currently incurable and affects everything from a person’s movement to their feelings and thought processes.

Whilst the measurability of the surgery’s success may not be clear-cut for more than a year post-transplantation, we are hopeful the procedure could significantly contribute to the long-term development of therapies for thousands of people living with Huntington’s disease.

– Professor William Gray, Cardiff University

Bronze Age burial 'found at Hill Fort in Ceredigion'

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Ceredigion County Council says a survey in April at Pen Dinas Hill Fort near Aberystwyth revealed more archaeology within the fort than can be seen on the surface.

It was carried out by a team of archaeologists from Archaeology Wales, Trysor and a number of local people from the Penparcau Community Forum.

The council says the most significant discovery is the confirmation that a low mound on the hilltop is a Bronze Age round barrow. This is a grave site, where the cremated remains of an important figure would have been buried over 3500 years ago.

This is the first Bronze Age monument to be recorded in Penparcau and Aberystwyth. Its discovery changes the way we look at Pen Dinas and its hinterland. Its presence means that the hill must have been a place of special importance long before the hillfort was constructed...

These findings are re-writing history for Penparcau, Aberystwyth and Wales. It’s really exciting and nationally significant.

– Dr Alan Chamberlain, Penparcau Community Forum

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Cyber security centre of excellence to open at Cardiff University

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A new research centre to research into cyber security has been launched by Cardiff University and Airbus.

The Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics will be in Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science and Informatics and is said to be the first of its kind in Europe.

Researchers will carry out studies into machine learning, data analytics, and artificial intelligence for cyber-attack detection. The research aims to protect corporate IT networks, intellectual property, and critical national infrastructure.

Cyber security analytics is about improving our resilience to cyber-attacks through data modelling to detect and block malicious behaviour before it causes its full impact; but also about understanding what motivates the behaviour, what its likely impact will be, and how to communicate security alerts among decision and policy-makers.

– Dr Pete Burnap, Cardiff University
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